tiong (2926) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml bottle from Den Nordiske Ølhandel, Copenhagen
Pours dark brown, almost black with a thick light brown head. Aroma of dark ripe fruits, vinous notes, syrup, tartish berries, complex malty notes. Taste is quite complex, sweet, vinous, malty and musty with notes of berries, syrup and dark ripe fruits. Finish is sweetish, sticky and vinous with some wood, berries and syrupy notes. Quite complex, but feels a bit unbalanced.
laiti (4788) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 cl bottle @ home. Batch #866B: brewed 20.12.2012, BBE 20.12.2017. Bottle #11237.
Aroma is slightly sour with red wine and some cranberry juice. Flavour has woody tones, red wine, juicy tones and some vinegar. Also some sugary tones. Too much red wine here and no signs of quadrupel.
decay_of_mind (12) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The opening of my bottle was explosive. Maybe, caused gashing effect. But in spite of that, the taste was perfect. Citrus notes, vanilla, vine. Hoppy palate.
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours murky dark brown with a small head.
Nose shows red wine, heavy oak with vanilla notes, rich malt, sultanas, caramel, fruit cake, golden syrup, even some soft phenols. Lovely.
A mixture of sugary sweet and boozy tannin-laced drier flavours. some fruit cake again with more golden syrup. Very long-lasting finish. The red wine is a little aggressive, overpowering the malt complexities.
Lovely syrupy body.
Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Raisin, dark fruits and alcohol dominate this beer in flavour, aroma and taste. Enjoyable beer. Fairly big and one to be careful of. Would make for an enjoyable night cap on a cold winter day.
djoeye (737) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours itself outta bottle a tan head, which soon is just a layer on the dark brown body.
Scents of red wine, teak oil, fermented plums, dark grapejuice.
Tastes coffee-malts, dark chocolate sauce, red wine, asian soy sauce.
Vinous to palate. Fruity finish to the dark side. Should be enjoyed slowly.
25cl brown bottle abv11% as gift from The Arctic Beer Professor Rune, thanks man!
Jorn69 (465) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (89:-). Vinös, syrlig, trä, fruktig, kryddor, jäst, karamell, ganska stor sötma, alkohol, medelbeska, medelfyllig. Torr avslutning.
Muggus69 (1098) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250mL batch 866B
Deep bronze body. Holds a creamy beige head.
Richly complex nose; vinous plum, biscuity malt, vanilla toasty oak, a touch of cheesy lees character with undertones of cherry pip, balsamic and light horsy funk...why hello Brett!
Full rich body, creamy carbonation with a touch of balsamic tartness.
offers an abundance of flavours on the body; rich toffee malts, Port-like dried fruits, cherry pie, vinous red fruits, leafy hop, balsamic reduction, toasted oak, with developing Brett horsy/pineapple/almond funk. Luscious finish, acid and mild bitterness provides balance.
A truely unique beer. Not sure if the Brett character is intentional, but it adds an extra dimension to this beer.
cjldm (30) - - JAN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quad's are my absolute favourite, and there's barely a high-ranking one I haven't tried (including the Aurora Borealis). Served in a La Trappe glass. $AU20.
Big head, fluffy and good lacing. A deeper brown than some other quads.
Bitter smell, a classic quad dark fruit bouquet, but with a real red wine kick! The barrel-ageing was very impressive; more so than some of De Struise's offerings!
The taste is impressively complex. Deep red Trappist fruits with a sour oaky red wine aftertaste that gets sweeter as it moves further back the tongue. The barrel taste is far more prominent than the Scotch-barrel equivalent. There's some smooth cocoa and sour cherry. Perhaps lacks the magical water taste of Rochefort and the interplay of sweetness and bitterness found in the Westvleteren.
Very pleasant silky chocolately creamy mouthfeel, though perhaps it blends the flavours a little.
Overall, pretty much as good as a quad gets (and this is from a seasoned drinker!) Like the Westvleteren, Rochefort and Pannepuet, it really brings it's own twist into the equation. Not something I had expected from Nogne O who, at times, can fail to deliver on their promises. Such a shame it is in such limited supply, but I am very lucky to have tried it!
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Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thrilled to be tasting this! I really like the fuzz around this one, being brought around the world. Pours a dark brown colour with a typical belgian head. Aroma of dark fruits, pepper, dough, red berries from the red wine, oak and some acidity. Such complexity! Taste is also really complex; lot of the same things, together wine some more sweetness and some more sourness. The oak and the redwine does make more of themselfs here, making such a special and unique taste. There are also some slight alcoholic notes in there as well, but it doesn’t damage the experience that much! The finish is long and acid, in good balance. I love the combination of the classic abbey and the sourness which this beer creates. Full body of course, together with a little fizzy carbonation and a quite soft mouthfeel. Overall, this one is going to be remembered for quite awhile, such uniqness. That’s one of the things I love with Nøgne Ø, they have the balls, the effort and the capacity to make such beers as this. I’m really impressed with Aurora Australis!